|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome:
sketched the history of the various steps the Soviet
Government has taken in trying to secure peace, even
including such minor "peace offensives" as Litvinov's
personal telegram to President Wilson. He then weighed, in
no very hopeful spirit, the possibilities of this last Note to all
the Allies having any serious result. He estimated the
opposing tendencies for and against war with Russia in each
of the principal countries concerned. The growth of
revolutionary feeling abroad made imperialistic governments
even more aggressive towards the Workers' and Peasants'
Republic than they would otherwise be. It was now making
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith:
He started every time a new-comer mounted the stairs. Where was
McGaw? No one had seen him since he swallowed the tumblerful of
whiskey and disappeared from O'Leary's, a few hours before.
The president rapped for order, and announced that the board was
ready to sign the contract with Thomas Grogan for the hauling and
delivery of the broken stone required for public highways.
There was no response.
"Is Mrs. Grogan here?" asked the president, looking over the room
and waiting for a reply.
"Is any one here who represents her?" he repeated, after a pause,
rising in his seat as he spoke.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Lesson of the Master by Henry James:
to the mercenary muse whom I led to the altar of literature.
Don't, my boy, put your nose into THAT yoke. The awful jade will
lead you a life!"
Our hero watched him, wondering and deeply touched. "Haven't you
"Happy? It's a kind of hell."
"There are things I should like to ask you," Paul said after a
"Ask me anything in all the world. I'd turn myself inside out to
"To 'save' me?" he quavered.